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The Late Movies: Animaniacs

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Growing up, one of my favorite after-school shows was Animaniacs, a clever combination of cartoon mayhem often with an educational slant.  Tonight, The Late Movies takes a look at some of Yakko, Wakko and Dot's greatest hits.

All the presidents from Washington to Clinton set to music. "William Harrison, how do you praise? That guy was dead in 30 days," was fully 63% of my historical knowledge until high school.

For our geography fans out there, check out the three clips above. First we have Wakko singing about the states and their capitals, followed by Yakko doing (my favorite) "Yakko's World", naming all the countries on earth. And we top it off with a song about our universe, complete with Micky Rooney reference.

"Be Careful What You Eat," is a song that explains what's in some of your favorite junk food. Only the Animaniacs could make Glycerine and Aspartate sound like so much fun.

A quick look at the senses, and I mean everything from touch and smell to dollars and cents. Oh the puns, oh the puns.

And I'll leave you tonight with one of my favorite recurring themes: the Animaniacs explain Shakespeare. Here, they take on the famous "Alas, poor Yorkic" scene from Hamlet.

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Can’t See the Eclipse in Person? Watch NASA’s 360° Live Stream
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Depending on where you live, the historic eclipse on August 21 might not look all that impressive from your vantage point. You may be far away from the path of totality, or stuck with heartbreakingly cloudy weather. Maybe you forgot to get your eclipse glasses before they sold out, or can't get away from your desk in the middle of the day.

But fear not. NASA has you covered. The space agency is live streaming a spectacular 4K-resolution 360° live video of the celestial phenomenon on Facebook. The livestream started at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and includes commentary from NASA experts based in South Carolina. It will run until about 4:15 ET.

You can watch it below, on NASA's Facebook page, or on the Facebook video app.

Cephalopod Fossil Sketch in Australia Can Be Seen From Space

Australia is home to some of the most singular creatures alive today, but a new piece of outdoor art pays homage to an organism that last inhabited the continent 65 million years ago. As the Townsville Bulletin reports, an etching of a prehistoric ammonite has appeared in a barren field in Queensland.

Ammonites are the ancestors of the cephalopods that currently populate the world’s oceans. They had sharp beaks, dexterous tentacles, and spiraling shells that could grow more than 3 feet in diameter. The inland sea where the ammonites once thrived has since dried up, leaving only fossils as evidence of their existence. The newly plowed dirt mural acts as a larger-than-life reminder of the ancient animals.

To make a drawing big enough to be seen from space, mathematician David Kennedy plotted the image into a path consisting of more than 600 “way points.” Then, using a former War World II airfield as his canvas, the property’s owner Rob Ievers plowed the massive 1230-foot-by-820-foot artwork into the ground with his tractor.

The project was funded by Soil Science Australia, an organization that uses soil art to raise awareness of the importance of farming. The sketch doubles as a paleotourist attraction for the local area, which is home to Australia's "dinosaur trail" of museums and other fossil-related attractions. But to see the craftsmanship in all its glory, visitors will need to find a way to view it from above.

[h/t Townsville Bulletin]


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